Do Electric Cars Need Oil?

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 driving


When adding a new EV to your Tysons Corner commute, you may be wondering, “Do electric cars need oil?” You’ll be happy to know that routine oil changes are a thing of the past because electric cars do not need motor oil. While EVs do need scheduled transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid replacements, an electric car oil change is one less service you need to worry about. Learn more about the essential parts of EV models below and be sure to contact the Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles service department for your EV maintenance.

What Fluids Do You Need to Change in Electric Vehicles?

When you take home a new VW ID.4, you don’t need to worry about electric car oil changes. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t essential fluids that need to be replaced. You’ll need to keep an eye on brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant levels.

  • Brake Fluid: A properly lubricated brake system keeps you safe when taking on daily Springfield drives. Just like traditional gas-powered vehicles, electric vehicles should have their brake fluid checked regularly at the manufacturer’s recommended schedule.
  • Transmission fluid: Smooth performance in a sleek EV model is essential. The transmission fluid ensures the gears move efficiently and stay in good condition.
  • Coolant: The vehicle’s coolant makes sure the vehicle systems and batteryaren’t overheating during your time on the road. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the recommended service schedule.

While electric car oil changes aren’t something to be concerned about, you’ll still need regular services like tire rotations and wheel alignments to keep you moving without interruption. Easily schedule your next service online!

Understanding EV Parts

You may know some of the benefits of electric vehicles on your Alexandria commutes, but learning more about the essential parts of an electric vehicle can help you understand how their service differs from gas-powered vehicles.

To get you moving on your daily commute or weekend getaway, EVs use an electric motor, which converts the electrical current from your battery into motion. Magnets are used to create a magnetic field that churns the motor to generate torque. The use of a home or public charging station makes sure you have enough charge to take on trips around town.

Here are some of the key components of your Ev’s internal system:

  • Charging ports: These are the external chargers you use to charge the battery of your vehicle.
  • Traction motors: These motors turn your vehicle’s wheels.
  • Onboard charger: The charger converts the external charge you receive from a charging port into DC power.
  • DC-DC converter: This converts the high-voltage direct current (DC) power that comes from the battery into the low-voltage DC power that moves the vehicle.
  • Battery: Your battery stores the electricity that powers the motors as you drive.
  • Thermal system: This system keeps your motors and electronic components from overheating.

Take Home an EV with Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles!

So, do electric cars need oil? As you’ve learned above, they don’t! Explore other ways electric vehicles can change your driving experience around Sterling by reading about affordable ways you can take home a Volkswagen EV model. Then, test drive models in our inventory by contacting us at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles today!

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